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Robert W. Klenk

Death 28 Nov 2011 (aged 90)
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Robert W. Klenk, 90, of Harford, PA, passed away, Monday, November 28, 2011, at Forest City Nursing and Rehab Center, Forest City, PA. Born December 11, 1920, in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Walter and Effie (Gebert) Klenk.

He was a graduate of Olney High School class of 1937, Mastbaum Vocational School class of 1939, East Stroudsburg Teachers College class of 1950, with a B.S. in Health & Physical Education & Driver Education, Pennsylvania State University, class of 1956, with a M.Ed. in Educational Administration.

During World War II, Mr. Klenk served in the Coast Guard and the Navy. From 1942-1944, he was stationed in the Philippines on a sub-chaser. In 1944, he attended the U.S. Navy V-5 Flight Training School. During his years in the Coast Guard, he played on a championship basketball team and he participated in varsity football at St. Olaf College in Minnesota while with the Navy V-5 Program.

After the war, he married Miriam Seager in 1948. He then completed his education at East Stroudsburg University and took a job as a coach and teacher at Harford High School. In 1956, he became the principal of Mountain View High School, where he served for twenty years. From 1976-1981, he held the position of principal in the Mountain View Elementary Schools. Although he retired as principal, he continued to substitute teach and to stay involved in activities at Mountain View for many years.

Because of his dedication to this school community, the Mountain View School Board recognized him as an Honorary Alumnus in 1981. Later, the Mountain View Alumni Association honored him with the title "Mr. Mountain View" in 2006. One of his greatest honors, in which he took great pride, was the naming of the MVHS athletic fields, the "Robert W. Klenk Athletic Complex" in 2001.

He held positions in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) as a high school basketball, baseball and track official. He was secretary-treasurer of the District 12 PIAA Committee and a member of the PIAA State Board of Control. In 1979 he received the Joe M. Butler Award for sports from The Scranton Times and was inducted into the NEPA Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

His other activities and memberships include Harford Congregational United Church of Christ, Harford, PA, where he served as the church treasurer for 25 years, Scranton-Pocono Girl Scout Council, where he served on the Board of Directors for 40 years as well holding the treasurer position and other committee positions. He also held positions on the Board of Directors of the Pocono Environmental Education Center for 3 years, Board of Directors for Fairview State Hospital, Director of Region III Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees for 4 years, and Harford Lodge #445 F & AM for 50 years where he served as the Lodge Master in 1960.

Mr. Klenk was a longtime member of the New Milford Rotary Club, where he was the Paul Harris Fellowship Award recipient. He always enjoyed working with the Student Exchange Program and coordinated visits and activities for many international students.

In recognition of Mr. Klenk's commitment to education, a scholarship was founded in his name. The Robert W. Klenk Scholarship with the Community Foundation provides tuition assistance to future Mountain View graduates who will work toward a degree in education during their college careers.

Mr. Klenk was dedicated to his family and to the community in which he lived. He had a passion for travel and he and his wife, Mimi, traveled extensively throughout the United States. His love of sports, especially Penn State football, was an especially important delight in his life. He cherished the times he spent sharing a sporting event of any kind with his children and grandchildren. Above all, Mr. Klenk will be remembered as a great man with integrity and a love for his family and community.

Survivors include his loving wife, Miriam Dohner Klenk of Harford, PA; daughter, Susan Rikkola of Randolph, N.J.; sons & daughters-in-law, Robert Walter Jr. & Rita Klenk of Newtown Square, PA; Scott David Klenk of Slingerlands, N.Y.; Jeffrey Alan & Mei Hong Klenk of Schenectady, N.Y.; grandchildren, Matthew & Ana Rikkola, Katie Rikkola, Nicole, Jonathan and Emilie Klenk, Ian Klenk; great-grandson, Gavin Rikkola; sister, Doris Grimes of Hellertown, PA; brother & sister-in-law, William & Kay Klenk of Gibsonia, PA; nieces & nephews.

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 4, 2011

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